Space X has launched a Dragon cargo capsule filled with supplies and experiments to the International Space Station. (ISS).
The cargo capsule blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Monday at 4:30 PM Eastern launch time atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The company’s 14th Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-14) for NASA was initially scheduled to launch in February but got delayed due to some issues.
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The pre-flown Dragon spacecraft was previously put to use in the CRS-8 mission in April 2016. The cargo capsule received refurbishment before taking part in the current mission. The booster on the Falcon 9 rocket was used to launch SpaceX’s CRS-12 mission in August last year.
The Dragon spacecraft is filled with 5,800 lbs. (2,630 kilograms) of supplies and science experiments for the space station’s Expedition 55 crew including critical materials to support science and research investigations to be performed by astronomers onboard the orbiting laboratory. The cargo capsule is scheduled to arrive at the ISS on Wednesday, April 4, at about 7:00 a.m. after a two-day orbital chase.
According to NASA, when the spacecraft will reach the ISS, Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai and NASA astronaut Scott Tingle will use the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to reach out the spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory.
The CRS-14 is SpaceX’s fourteenth mission heading to the International Space Station as part of the company’s first CRS contract with the U.S. space agency NASA, which was signed back in 2016. Dragon will return back to Earth after staying for one month at the International Space Station with more than 3,900 pounds of cargo. The spacecraft will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.